A Grammar of the English Language: In a Series of Letters. Intended for the Use of Schools and of Young Persons in General; But, More Especially for the Use of Soldiers, Sailors, Apprentices and Plough-boys (Google eBook)

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author, 1818 - English language - 184 pages
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Page 2 - BBOWN, of the said district, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the words following, to wit : " Sertorius : or, the Roman Patriot.
Page 94 - There are indeed but very few who know how to be idle and innocent, or have a relish of any pleasures that are not criminal ; every diversion they take is at the expense of some one virtue or another, and their very first step out of business is into vice or folly.
Page 79 - In a land of liberty it is extremely dangerous to make a distinct order of the profession of arms. In absolute monarchies this is necessary for the safety of the prince, and arises from the main principle of their constitution, which is that of governing by fear ; but in free states the profession of a soldier, taken singly and merely as a profession, is justly an object of jealousy.
Page 177 - The flotilla of the enemy in the Patuxent has been destroyed. The signal defeat of their land forces enabled a detachment of his Majesty's army to take possession of the city of Washington ; and the spirit of enterprise, which has characterized all the movements in that quarter, has produced on the inhabitants a deep and sensible impression of the calamities of a war in which they have been so wantonly involved.
Page 95 - ... for the custom of the manor has in both cases so far superseded the will of the lord, that, provided the services be performed or stipulated for by fealty, he cannot, in the first instance, refuse to admit the heir of his tenant upon his death, nor, in the second, can he remove his present tenant so long as he lives, though he holds nominally by the precarious tenure of his lord's will.
Page 85 - The inch, the threequarter-inch, the half-inch, the quarter-inch; these would be something determinate; but, "the dash," without measure, must be a most perilous thing for a young grammarian to handle. In short, "the dash" is a cover for ignorance as to the use of points, and it can answer no other purpose. A dash is very often put, in crowded print, in order to save the room that would be lost by the breaks of distinct paragraphs. This is another matter. Here the dash comes after a full point.
Page 159 - Yet there is a certain race of men, that either imagine it their duty, or make it their amusement, to hinder the reception of every work of learning or genius, who, stand as sentinels in the avenues of fame, and value themselves upon giving Ignorance and Envy the first notice of a prey.
Page 159 - ... in flight than contest. By all these declarations another was encouraged to confess, that if he had been admitted to the...
Page 2 - A Grammar of the English language, in a series of letters. Intended for the use of schools and. of young persons in general ; but more especially for the use of soldiers, sailors, apprentices, and ploughboys.
Page 102 - The word it is the greatest troubler that I know of in language. It is so small, and so convenient, that few are careful enough in using it. Writers seldom spare this word. Whenever they are at a loss for either a nominative or an objective to their sentence, they, without any kind of ceremony, clap in an it.

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